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What You Need To Know About The Honest Ads Act

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:16:00 -0400

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly talks to Democratic Sen. Mark Warner about the Honest Ads Act, a proposal to regulate online political advertising the same way as television, radio and print.

Amazon's 2nd Headquarters: Cities Make Their Final Pitches

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 16:16:00 -0400

Cities across the U.S. and Canada will be making their final pitches Thursday to Amazon - begging for a chance to become the new second headquarters. The prize winner will get 50,000 high-paying jobs.

Should College Professors Give 'Tech Breaks' In Class?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 10:51:00 -0400

Is it necessary coddling or just good science to give college students breaks to check their phones? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look.

Young Children Are Spending Much More Time In Front Of Small Screens

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:01:00 -0400

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the past six years.

Why There's A Lot Of Buzz About A Possible Mosquito Emoji

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:00:00 -0400

There are 2,666 emojis for tweeting and texting. A mosquito is not one of them. Global health campaigners are trying to change that.

Tristan Harris: Do Our Devices Control More Than We Think?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:21:00 -0400

When Tristan Harris worked in Silicon Valley, his job was to direct users online to a particular website or service. Now, he speaks out against tech companies who manipulate their users' attention.

Elite Golden Keys Concierges Try To Stay Relevant Amid Growing Automation

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 16:49:00 -0400

The fraternal organization of high-end hotel workers met recently in Washington to discuss ways of staying relevant in an age when apps are replacing most traditional concierge services.

Once Its AIM Was True, But Soon AOL's Instant Messenger Will Be No More

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:42:00 -0400

AOL Instant Messenger, with 100 million users at its peak in 2001, was overtaken by mobile text messaging and social media platforms such as Twitter. It will be shut down in December.

Should You Leave Grandma With The Robot?

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:27:00 -0400

Once a technology that treats emotions as data becomes pervasive, we may soon find that data is the only aspect of emotion we come to recognize or value, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

How Monopoly Man Won The Internet

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:07:12 -0400

Donning a mustache, top hat and giant bag full of money, a consumer rights activist became a social media sensation for protesting an Equifax hearing on Capitol Hill. Here is how it happened.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar On Social Media Political Ad Disclosure

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 05:02:00 -0400

Lawmakers are pushing for new legislation that would require greater disclosure of political ads that run on social media. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is the co-author and talks with NPR's David Greene.

That Time #Ramona Made Everyone Smile For A Few Minutes

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 10:58:00 -0400

A snafu on NPR's Facebook account on Monday night revealed how some people needed something else to focus on in the aftermath of Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Florida and Houston.

What Can We Learn About The Effects Of Social Media Ads?

Sun, 01 Oct 2017 18:05:58 -0400

Amid news that Russian operatives may have bought ads to fuel social and racial unrest, NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Scott Tranter, a director of analytics for a data and technology firm.

2 Viral Twitter Poets Are Rewriting The Book On Astrology

Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:00:27 -0400

Dorothea Lasky and Alex Dimitrov of Astro Poets want to bring astrology up to speed with shifting views of gender, sexuality and pop culture.

Russia Continues To Use Social Media To Influence Public Opinion In The U.S.

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 16:54:00 -0400

Congressional investigators are continuing to talk with social media companies about what is known about the role Russian bots played in last November's election and how to prevent the next onslaught.